Considering the strong likelihood that Democrats could have been swamped and suffered major losses in the Midterm Elections of 2022, we must be happy, overall, at the results.
But there is a loss of some very talented and decent Democrats, who were unable to overcome their opponents.
This includes the following gubernatorial candidates:
Charlie Crist in Florida
Stacey Abrams in Georgia
Nan Whaley in Ohio
Beto O’Rourke in Texas
This includes the following Senatorial nominees:
Val Demings in Florida
Michael Franken in Iowa
Charles Booker in Kentucky
Cheri Beasley in North Carolina
Tim Ryan in Ohio
Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin
Also, in House races, incumbents won, except for a few who lost, including
Sean Patrick Maloney in New York
Elaine Luria in Virginia (a member of the January 6 House Committee)
This author and blogger cannot recall the tension and emotions that are being felt around the upcoming Midterm Elections of 2022 ever being quite as intense in past cycles.
It could be a poor memory, or seeing the past with rose colored glasses!
But literally, EVERY Senate race, EVERY House race, and EVERY Gubernatorial race is so significant for the future of American democracy, which is on the verge of being lost to the MAGA Republicans and Donald Trump!
With only about six vote margin in the House of Representatives, and an evenly split US Senate for only the 4th time in American history, and with Governors having tremendous power and influence on an issue such as abortion rights, every citizen needs to vote!
Last night’s debate in Pennsylvania leaves one worried about the performance of John Fetterman, as it could be the Senate election that decides Senate control in the 118th Congress. But also, the Georgia race of Raphael Warnock; the Ohio race of Tim Ryan; the Wisconsin race of Mandela Barnes; the North Carolina race of Cheri Beasley; the Florida race of Val Demings; the New Hampshire race of Maggie Hassan; the Nevada race of Catherine Cortez Masto; the Arizona race of Mark Kelly; and the Iowa race of Michael Franken, are all crucial.
And Governorship races, particularly in Michigan with Gretchen Whitmer; in Arizona with Katie Hobbs; in Florida with Charlie Crist; in Texas with Beto O’Rourke, are all significant for the future!